30 Ways to Heal Yourself without a Doctor

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Need a fast fix for your health problems? The Doctors reveal 30 quick solutions to heal yourself without a doctor!

These home remedies may not be for everyone. Check with your doctor before trying them. If you have a serious or underlying medical problem, seek medical attention immediately.

The Doctors scoured the message boards to answer your home remedy questions!

The Doctors' Fast-Cure Drive-Thru
Need a remedy for facial blemishes, ingrown toenails, headaches or plantar warts? Take a pass through The Doctors' Fast-Cure Drive-Thru with pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears!

• Find out some of The Doctors' favorite home remedies!
• The Doctors make a surprise call to viewer Jeanne, a mother of eight, who uses diaper cream as a cure-all. Find out how it can help more than just diaper rashes.
Check out some home remedies fans of The Doctors sent in!

• Do you have a no-fail home remedy? Share it here!

Beat Body Odor
Want to stop underarm stench? Grate a turnip, squeeze the juice through a cheesecloth and vigorously rub about 1 teaspoon of the juice on each armpit. Turnips are rich in zinc, which is found in some deodorants.

Five-minute fix for body odor
Solutions for excessive sweating.
• A bath to prevent sweating and keep body odor at bay.

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Shopping for Cures
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon hits the grocery store aisles to show you what foods can fight athletes foot, soothe a sore throat and beat bad breath.

Curb Menstrual Cramps
"There are great things your gynecologist can give you for cramps," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "But if you want to do a home remedy, there is something called cramp bark. Don't go into your backyard and look for bark. This is actually an herbal remedy."

Cramp Bark is considered a uterine antispasmodic and decreases cramps in the uterus during a woman's period. It also contains scopoletin, which regulates the hormone serotonin and blood pressure by relaxing vessel walls. It is often used as a drop added to tea and taken during a woman's menstrual cycle.  "It can also act like salicylic acid, so you definitely need to consult your doctor before taking it, because it may increase bleeding or cause your blood pressure to decrease," Dr. Lisa says. 

Other cramp remedies include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and heating pads.

Weekend Regrets
Do you tend to over celebrate or overexert yourself on the weekends? Learn simple ways to relieve your weekend indulgences.

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Allergic Crush
Need a cure for an allergic skin reaction? Try Dr. Ordon's Allergic Crush.

Mix crushed poppy seeds with lemon juice and water until it turns to a paste. Rub the paste on the affected area to relieve itching and irritation. The poppy seeds contain fat and natural moisture, which helps irritated skin.

Note: Don't use the treatment if you are allergic to poppy seeds.

• Ease sunburn pain by boiling lettuce in water, cooling the liquid and placing it on the burn.

Home Beauty Remedies

Beauty expert Kym Douglas reveals simple ways to revive ragged cuticles, eliminate unwanted body hair and fight frizzy hair with products you can find in your cabinets.

• Have you been bit by a bug? Make a paste using Epsom salt and warm water, and rub it on an insect bite to reduce inflammation and swelling.

If you have a serious bite or are worried about infection, see a doctor immediately.

Flea Fighter
Reynolds, from Charlotte, North Carolina, sprays lemon water onto her dogs' backs before going hiking to keep fleas away.

"Diluted lemon juice can work against flea infestation," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "You just squeeze some lemon juice into a bottle [containing water], and you can spray it on your pet. Having said that, some pet's skin is sensitive, so you want to make sure your pet's skin isn't irritated by it, and keep it away from their eyes."

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